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“Culture of encounter”, the new challenge for Catholic digital communications

Today at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University in New York City the Catholic Digital Communications Conference in New York City, met to share expertise about Catholic digital communications. Professionals from different parts of the world met to discuss and exchange experiences on the effective use of digital media. One of the main conclusions was the need to move from the "globalization of indifference", as Pope Francis says, to finally find a culture of encounter.

Fr. Frédéric Fornos, SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network said “each day is a window opening out to a new challenge for the mission of the Church. What is unique about Click To Pray is that it helps us to pray for the Pope’s intentions and to engage ourselves, by the offering of our lives, in the challenges facing humanity. Click To Pray unites us, in effect, to a network of millions of brothers and sisters who wish to contribute to a new world, a world of peace, justice and fraternity”.

Different specialists in the field, from the Church as well as from other institutions and media, presented tips, strategies and best practices, and defined digital communications as one of the main ways of encounter, and one of the most powerful tools to build relationships. This, of course, involves risks to consider.

"While the Network has a great tradition, Click To Pray helps us put new wine into new wineskins” said Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, US Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. 

Click To Pray presents something different each of the 365 days of the year. You can join millions around the world from different cultures and languages in praying for the universal challenges confronting humanity. “Click To Pray invites men and women around the world to accompany Pope Francis in a new digital way, with the hope that people from all continents unite in prayer for the great challenges of the world and the mission of the Church as expressed in the Pope’s intentions,” said Fr. Frédéric Fornos, SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

The experienced panel of experts also included Fr. James Martin, SJ, Editor-at-large at America Media; Fr. Sam Sawyer, SJ, Associate Editor and Director of Digital Strategy at America Media; John Harper, Morning Air Host at Relevant Radio; Elizabeth Scalia, Editor-in-Chief, Aleteia.org and Juan Della Torre, CEO & Founder of La Machi, Communications for Good Causes.

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